Call for Artists: Smashburger’s Looking for Local Band to Play at Grand Opening Event on August 14

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To help celebrate the Grand Opening of Kalamazoo's first Smashburger we are looking for Kalamazoo's best homegrown bands to participate in our "Smashburger Rocks" competition to perform at the restaurant. So, if you have a band and will work for burgers, this could be the gig for you!

Smashburger, a fast-casual “better burger” restaurant, is looking for Kalamazoo’s best homegrown band to kick off its Western Michigan debut. Area bands are invited to enter for a chance to perform at the new Kalamazoo Smashburger located at 4315 West Main St., just East of Drake Road at 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2010. Michigan’s first Smashburger will open August 11, 2010.

Entry deadline: August 4, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Gig date: August 14, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
4315 West Main Street, Kalamazoo

Think your band has what it takes? Here’s how to get in the running:
1.    Upload a video of you/your band performing (PG, please) to YouTube by Wednesday, August 4, 2010.
2.    Send the link, your contact information and any questions to bands(at)smashburger(dot)com.

Finalists will be notified of their inclusion in the competition. The winning band will be chosen by the public through online voting, which runs from August 5 to August 10. The chosen band will be announced on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Be sure to log onto to see how your band is faring and remind your friends to vote.

If you will work for burgers, this could be the gig for you. The winning band will play a one-hour set at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Local media will be invited to this event and bands’ videos will be posted on the national Smashburger website. A large crowd is anticipated and there is potential for media coverage for the grand opening. Bands are responsible for transporting their own instruments and taking care of any sound equipment needs.

About Smashburger
Denver-based Smashburger, the country’s fastest growing “better burger” restaurant company, is designed to be every city's favorite burger place. It was named a 2009 Hot Concepts! Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News. Developed and owned by private equity and concept-development firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), Smashburger operates and develops corporate, joint venture and franchise stores across the country. Smashburger currently has more than 70 stores in 16 states and has sold franchise and joint venture agreements that will bring the total to more than 375 locations over the next five years. To learn more, visit

About Consumer Capital Partners
Denver-based Consumer Capital Partners (CCP) is an innovative private investment and concept development firm focused on multi-unit retail businesses, primarily in the restaurant, food, and leisure industries. CCP has deep experience in the fields of private equity, brand, concept and product development, and strategic consulting. To learn more about CCP, please visit

About SmashVentures, LLC
Kalamazoo-based SmashVentures, LLC is owned by Terry and Jean Henderson. The Hendersons are accomplished restaurateurs who are committed to providing Kalamazoo's favorite burger. They have owned and operated several successful multi-unit dining concepts in western Michigan. In addition to Smashburger, the Hendersons currently operate Fire Bowl Café and The Wine Loft in Kalamazoo. Additional Smashburger locations are planned in the greater Kalamazoo area, Battle Creek and Lansing.


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